It’s time to vote for NMRT’s 2018-2019 officers! View candidate statements and bios below, and cast your vote here. Voting will close at 5 pm on Friday, November 9.
Current job title: Digital and Adult Services Librarian at the Appomattox Regional Library System
Professional Biography: My journey to librarianship began as a teen volunteer in high school. Since I enjoyed helping my high school library’s circulation so much, my high school librarian recommended that I pursue a career in libraries. I took her advice. While actively staying involved in my college with leadership roles, such as a resident advisor, my college library, and the local library in Greensboro, NC, I got my Bachelor’s Degree in History and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from Guilford College. After graduating college, I took a full time library assistant position at the Petersburg Public Library, where I was then promoted to the Customer Services Supervisor. Three years later I joined the Chester Library team at the Chesterfield County Public Library as their Customer Services Supervisor. I recently completed my Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. In September of 2018, I joined the team at ARLS to become their Digital and Adult Services Librarian.
Statement of Purpose: I have always enjoyed being part of committees and helping my team members grow. While I was in Chesterfield, I not only managed a group of twelve part time circulation staff, but I also served as the leader of the Tech Council, which was formed of my peers. In this council we explored ways in which technology could improve our customer service and communicating about what technology did and did not work in order to get a more comprehensive picture for our IT department. This experience was very rewarding for me and I want to bring my leadership background to help New Members Round Table continue to grow. I have been active in VLA since I first became a circulation staff member in Petersburg. I love the networking and support that VLA and NMRT provides to its members and want to do my part in continuing that. The position of Vice Chair/Chair Elect requires dedication, management, and organization skills. I have finally reached a point in my life where I feel I can really make an impact outside of my own library and would welcome an opportunity to get further involved with the New Members Round Table.
Current Job Title: Branch Manager, Roanoke Public Libraries
Professional Biography: I have been working for Roanoke Public Libraries since 2016, and I am the branch manager for the Gainsboro Branch Library. I have been enrolled in the Masters of Science in Information Sciences program at the University of Tennessee and will graduate this December. I have really enjoyed getting to learn many different aspects of the field, as well as being fortunate enough to be able to complete a practicum with the Law Library of Congress. Previously, I earned a BA in German and a BA in English (with a minor in Linguistics) from the University of Montana.
Statement of Purpose: I joined VLA in 2016, and participated in NMRT’s Mentoring Program in 2017. It was such a positive experience that I decided to run for a position on the leadership team and was elected to be Secretary/Treasurer of NMRT this past year (2017-18). Coordinating the mentoring program and connecting mentors and mentees from across the state has been such a fun and rewarding experience. I was also fortunate enough to be able to attend the VLA Conference in September, help with the social events, and meet so many wonderful information professionals from across the state! I would love to continue to work with the rest of the leadership team to bring in new members, help organize social events, and coordinate the Mentoring Program for another awesome year. Thank you for your consideration!
Current Job Title: Digital Literacy & Multimedia Production Librarian, Virginia Tech University Libraries
Professional Biography: I began my position as the Digital Literacy & Multimedia Production Librarian at Virginia Tech in late July 2018. My work includes producing learning objects, teaching about information and digital literacy, and helping to shape digital literacy practices at the university. I earned my MSLS from the the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a BA in English and a minor in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Literacy. At UNC I also worked as a graduate assistant at the R.B. House Undergraduate Library where my duties included digital literacy efforts, media and design instruction, and social media outreach.
Statement of Purpose: As a new librarian, new Virginian, and new member of VLA, I’m excited to not only start connecting with my peers across the Commonwealth, but to also help connect them to one another. The challenge of communications and outreach is channeling the best strategy and creativity to deliver the right information in the most enjoyable way for an audience. This challenge happens to be one of my favorite things in the world and and a duty I would be happy and honored to perform for this community. I look forward to the opportunity to help foster connections among so many brilliant folks and to work with the board to support new information professionals as they learn, grow, and find mentorship within the profession. Thank you for your consideration!